Today’s smart home isn’t necessarily smart. It can be a challenge to find an intuitive solution that orchestrates the many competing devices that control temperature, lighting, sound, security, and energy consumption in the home. Here to bring things up to speed is Homeone, a home automation ecosystem that allows you to connect your devices to a hub called HomeBridge and control them all from one apparatus called the BlackBox. Headquartered in Prague with an office in Virginia, Homeone will be launching its Kickstarter campaign this week.
"Today, there are many companies that offer home automation or smart homes, but most of them are clunky," says Vaclav Bilek, company CEO and cofounder. "They require you to buy a ton of devices and you end up paying a middleman to install and configure the system, so instead of simplifying your life, it's just a hassle. That’s what we set out to change with Homeone."
The BlackBox has 360-degree motion sensors and detects temperature, humidity, light, CO2 , and noise. To make commands, speak to the Blackbox, use hand gestures, go through the mobile app, or interface with the TouchPanel, a separate device that attaches to your wall. An AI assistant named Leeloo (the founders are big Luc Besson fans) processes information and learns family routines. If your daily start time is 7 a.m., for example, Leeloo "will ask you if you want to turn on the lights, music, and get the day going at 7 a.m. every day," explains Bilek. "But she’s also smart enough to know that you’ll sleep in on the weekends. Basically, she comes to you with ideas for automating and optimizing your home, and you choose which ones you want to use."
Leeloo is constantly learning thanks to the community app, which allows users to upvote or downvote suggestions, comment, and find or share Rule Templates that automate events across different devices. Community members earn points and receive prizes called "relics" to reach higher levels, racking up discounts, software features, and other surprises along the way. Crowdsourced suggestions help streamline the user experience across all of Homeone’s hardware and software products.
Final prices have not been determined, but Homeone estimates a price tag of $81 for the HomeBridge, $190 for the BlackBox, $100 for the TouchPanel, and $180 for the upgraded TouchPanel. To learn more about Homeone’s products and be notified at the start of the Kickstarter campaign, visit their website.
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